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10/29/20 Panel

Oct 29, 2020
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         The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Peabody and Emmy Award-winning journalist Linda Ellerbee,  investigative journalist and UAlbany adjunct professor Rosemary Armao, and former Associate Editor of The Times Union Mike Spain.

10/28/20 Panel

Oct 28, 2020
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     The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Edward Hamilton Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at RPI, Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University and the Katherine Hampson Bessell Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University Fran Berman, Siena College Professor of Comparative Politics Vera Eccarius-Kellyand Dean of the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Cybersecurity at the University at Albany Robert Griffin.

10/27/20 Panel

Oct 27, 2020
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      The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, investigative journalist and UAlbany adjunct professor Rosemary Armao, The Empire Report’s J.P. Miller, and former Associate Editor of The Times Union Mike Spain.

10/14/20 Panel

Oct 14, 2020
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    The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, investigative journalist and UAlbany adjunct professor Rosemary Armao, Dean of the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Cybersecurity at the University at Albany Robert Griffin, and Times Union columnist Chris Churchill.

10/13/20 Panel

Oct 13, 2020
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       The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, The Empire Report’s J.P. Miller, Vice President for Editorial Development at the New York Press Association Judy Patrick, and former Associate Editor of The Times Union Mike Spain.

10/12/20 Panel

Oct 12, 2020
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  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, political consultant and lobbyist Libby Post, Albany Law School professor and director of the Immigration Law Clinic Sarah Rogerson, and Bard Center for Civic Engagement Senior Fellow and Dean of the School of Continuing Education at the American University Cairo Jim Ketterer.

For a portion of the program, we are joined by Dr. Jim Fagin, Allergist and Immunologist from New Hyde Park, New York.

9/22/20 Panel

Sep 22, 2020

        The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, investigative journalist and UAlbany adjunct professor Rosemary Armao, former Associate Editor of The Times Union Mike Spain, and  counter-terrorism expert and best-selling author, Malcolm Nance.

Zephyr Teachout is an attorney, political activist, and anti-trust and corruption expert. A rising star on the left, she was part of the team of lawyers that sued Donald Trump for allegedly violating the emoluments clause of the Constitution.

Teachout teaches law at Fordham University and her new book is: "Break 'Em Up: Recovering Our Freedom from Big Ag, Big Tech, and Big Money."

Zephyr Teachout joins us this morning to discuss the legal legacy of Justice Ginsburg and the path forward.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal
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U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut said about Justice Ginsburg - "She will always be an American icon, breaking barriers from the courtroom and the classroom to every place in America and leaving her mark on immigration, gun violence prevention, gender equality, civil rights and civil liberties," Blumenthal added - "I will always remember the incisive, strong questions she asked when I was arguing before her, but also the compassion and caring that she demonstrated."

Blumenthal, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee says the American people should have a voice in the selection of the next Supreme Court Justice.

Julie Suk is a legal scholar and author of the new book, “We The Women: The Unstoppable Mothers of the Equal Rights Amendment” and is a frequent commentator in the media on legal issues affecting women, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Vox, and CBS News. She is currently a Visiting Professor at Yale Law School.

In the new book, she excavates the ERA’s past to guide its future, explaining how the ERA can address hot-button issues such as pregnancy discrimination, sexual harassment, and unequal pay. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg plays a big part in that story and Julie’s book.

Derrick Wang is a composer, writer, and creator of the opera “Scalia/Ginsburg,” a crash course on the U.S. Constitution and the people who uphold it that ushered in the current era of Supreme Court-themed art. Hailed as a “perfect…jewel” (Opera Today) and “the kind of opera that should be everywhere” (OperaWire), “Scalia/Ginsburg” was premiered at the Castleton Festival.

The Los Angeles Times wrote: “Could we please make it a constitutional requirement that no one can be sworn into office in the White House or Congress without first having seen Scalia/Ginsburg?”

Tony Award Winner Linda Lavin is best known portraying the title character in the TV series "Alice." She is also known for making several stage performances in many Broadway and Off-Broadway projects like "Death Defying Acts," "The Lyons," "Last of the Red Hot Lovers," "Broadway Bound," "Gypsy," and "The Diary of Anne Frank," to name a few.

In addition, Lavin has received the Golden Globe Award twice under the category Best TV Actress in a Musical or Comedy for her work in "Alice." Besides these, she is also a two-time Obie Award awardee. In 2011, Lavin was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.

She joins us this morning to talk about another credit she has – she narrated the book: "My Own Words" by Ruth Bader Ginsburg - which we heard portions of during The Roundtable Panel this morning.

9/21/20 Panel

Sep 21, 2020

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, investigative journalist and UAlbany adjunct professor Rosemary Armao, political consultant and lobbyist Libby Post, Albany Law School professor and director of the Immigration Law Clinic Sarah Rogerson.

7/9/20 Panel

Jul 9, 2020

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, UAlbany adjunct professor and investigative journalist Rosemary Armao, Peabody and Emmy Award-winning journalist Linda Ellerbee, and counter-terrorism expert and best-selling author, Malcolm Nance.

Robin Pogrebin and book cover for "The Education of Brett Kavanaugh"
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One year ago today, Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed as a Supreme Court justice by a 50–48 vote in the Senate. In September 2018, the FBI’s weeklong investigation of the sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, then President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, left millions of Americans feeling unsatisfied, even more questions unanswered, and a slew of testimonies unexplored.

Through fly-on-the-wall reporting and exclusive interviews with classmates, friends, and colleagues, New York Times reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly fill in the blanks with a deeply reported account of the events leading to the explosive confirmation hearing in their new book: "The Education Of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation."

Robin Pogrebin is a reporter on the New York Times' Culture Desk, where she covers the art world and cultural institutions, exploring the internal politics, finances and governance of museums, auction houses, galleries and performing arts organizations.

John Roberts was named to the Supreme Court in 2005 claiming he would act as a neutral umpire in deciding cases. His critics argue he has been anything but, pointing to his conservative victories on voting rights and campaign finance. Yet he broke from orthodoxy in his decision to preserve Obamacare. How are we to understand the motives of the most powerful judge in the land?

In "The Chief," award-winning journalist Joan Biskupic contends that Roberts is torn between two, often divergent, priorities: to carry out a conservative agenda, and to protect the Court's image and his place in history.

Book Cover - Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America's Journey from Slavery to Segregation

Steve Luxenberg is the author of "Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America's Journey from Slavery to Segregation" and the critically acclaimed "Annie’s Ghosts: A Journey into a Family Secret." During his thirty years as a Washington Post senior editor, he has overseen reporting that has earned numerous national honors, including two Pulitzer Prizes.

Plessy v. Ferguson, the Supreme Court case synonymous with “separate but equal,” created remarkably little stir when the justices announced their near-unanimous decision on May 18, 1896. Yet it is one of the most compelling and dramatic stories of the nineteenth century, whose outcome embraced and protected segregation, and whose reverberations are still felt into the twenty-first. "Separate" spans a striking range of characters and landscapes, bound together by the defining issue of their time and ours: race and equality.

What is Clarence Thomas up to?

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays wraps up his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

It’s a pivotal moment for the Supreme Court.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays continues his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

In fewer than three hundred words, Khizr Khan electrified viewers around the world when he took the stage at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. And when he offered to lend Donald Trump his own much-read and dog-eared pocket Constitution, his gesture perfectly encapsulated the feelings of millions by challenging Trump's call to stop Muslims from entering the U.S.

In response, Trump questioned the Khan's motives and religion, even though they are Gold Star parents whose son was killed in Iraq. Today, Donald Trump is president and Khizr Khan is the author of a new book, "An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice" – just out in paperback. He has also written a book for young readers entitled, "This Is Our Constitution: Discover America with a Gold Star Father."

Khan was in Albany, New York to participate in New York State Writers Institute's Albany Book Festival at the University at Albany.

Once again, a Supreme Court nominee is facing 11th hour questions about his past. In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Congressman Paul Tonko, a Democrat from the 20th district, speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

With the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, the Court has never before been more central in American life. It is the nine justices who too often now decide the controversial issues of our time—from abortion and same-sex marriage, to gun control, campaign finance and voting rights.

The Court is so crucial that many voters in 2016 made their choice based on whom they thought their presidential candidate would name to the Court. Donald Trump picked Neil Gorsuch—the key decision of his new administration. The next justice—replacing Anthony Kennedy—will be even more important, holding the swing vote over so much social policy. Is that really how democracy is supposed to work?

David A. Kaplan is the former legal affairs of Newsweek, where he covered the Court for a decade. His other books include "The Silicon Boys," "The Accidental President," and "Mine’s Bigger." A graduate of Cornell and the New York University School of Law, he teaches courses in journalism and ethics at NYU.

His new book is "The Most Dangerous Branch: Inside the Supreme Court's Assault on the Constitution."

9/6/18 Panel

Sep 6, 2018

The Roundtable Panel:a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld, Siena College Professor of Comparative Politics, Vera Eccarius-Kelly and Professor of Journalism at the College of St. Rose Cailin Brown.

Today's Roundtable Panel was live from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Featuring discussions on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings.

9/5/18 Panel

Sep 5, 2018

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain, Political Consultant Libby Post and Berkshire Eagle Reporter Jenn Smith, and Dean of International Studies at Bard College and Academic Director of the Bard Globalization and International Affairs program James Ketterer.

Today's Roundtable Panel was live from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. to discuss and accommodate NPR's special coverage of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings.

 

The struggle to desegregate America's schools was a grassroots movement, and young women were its vanguard. In the late 1940s, parents began to file desegregation lawsuits with their daughters, forcing Thurgood Marshall and other civil rights lawyers to take up the issue and bring it to the Supreme Court. After the Brown v. Board of Education ruling, girls far outnumbered boys in volunteering to desegregate formerly all-white schools.

In "A Girl Stands at the Door," historian Rachel Devlin tells the remarkable stories of these desegregation pioneers. She also explains why black girls were seen, and saw themselves, as responsible for the difficult work of reaching across the color line in public schools. 

Rachel Devlin is an associate professor of history at Rutgers University.

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President Trump’s influence on the Supreme Court could be felt for decades.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont Representative Peter Welch continues his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

The Supreme Court is entering a period of change.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney, a Democrat from the 18th district, speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Please note: this conversation was recorded before President Trump announced Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nomination.

Democrats are lamenting the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Congressman Paul Tonko, a Democrat from the 20th district, speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

James F. Simon is dean emeritus at New York Law School. He is the author of nine books on American history, law, and politics, and has won the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award.

His new book, "Eisenhower vs. Warren: The Battle for Civil Rights and Liberties," brings to life the bitter feud between President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Chief Justice Earl Warren framed the tumultuous future of the modern civil rights movement.

Spring is a busy period for the Supreme Court.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays continues his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

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